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what can we do for you? where is this is bbc world news america -- >> this is abc world news america. the phone hacking scandal takes center stage with the british prime minister taking his turn in the hot seat. >> you live and learn, and i have learned. >> fighting famine in somalia. suffering from the word food crisis in two decades. it -- the worst food crisis in two decades. and making an impression on the world of basketball and beyond.
welcome. the shock waves from the phone hacking scandal continued to reverberate, and today it was david cameron who is feeling the impact before parliament. an emergency session, cameron defended hiring the former news of the world editor, but in hindsight, he added he would not make the same choice. not enough, said his critics. we have the details, and there is some flash photography curator of the parks a friend in need is a friend until they have raided photography. >> a friend in friend is a friend -- a friend in need is a friend indeed. >> with all the has followed, i would not have offered him the job, and i suspect he would not have taken it, but you do not make decisions in hindsight.
you make them in the present. >> he said he was extremely sorry but was not ready to say sorry for hiring him, not yet at least. >> if it turns out i have been lied to, that would be a moment for a profound apology, and in that event, i will not fall short. >> that is not a good enough, because it is not about hindsight. it is not about whether he lied. it is about all the information and warnings of prime minister ignored. >> the warning came before and after david cameron move into number 10. on that day is director of communications tried hard to
keep zero low profile. it was a plan that would non last long. >> it is 8:00. police are to investigate new claims about phone hacking. >> last autumn, an investigation claimed that andy colsom knew about it. he was not fired and only left many weeks later with the prime minister's raise more ringing in his years. >> the prime minister was caught in a tragic conflict of loyalty, between the integrity people should expect between him and his staff and his personal allegiance, he made the wrong choice. >> there are questions about the other choice of friends. his many meetings with news international bosses, with a rebecca of burke's -- brooks.
>> as prime minister, did he ever discuss the question with news international at all the meetings they attend? >> i never had one inappropriate conversation. >> it is the third time of fasting, and labor did not like the answer. >> i took myself out of any decision making about this and did to regard -- about this bid. >> he is accused him of hiding their relationships with the murdoch empire. >> i have set out all the meetings i have had in complete contrast to the party opposite, but i can tell you, i have never held a slumber party. >> david cameron says he has an
old-fashioned view that a man is innocent until proven guilty, but today he tried to separate his fate from andy. >> for more on the fallout and the impact it continues to have, i spoke to the chief political correspondent for "the guardian newspaper" in london. did he do enough today to stop questions about his judgment? >> he certainly did announce to south -- did enough to satisfy his party curio reaching his party. he was meant to finish with a trip to south sudan. he did about short, but conservative mps were delightful. there was a meeting, and they did die for a long time.
he faces a difficult challenge in persuading the labour party. they are keeping the pressure of on the two areas highlighted. point number one, why did you and bring andy into downing street last year when there were allegations that he knew, and did you talk to rebecca brooks. did you have any discussions about that? he said, i have no inappropriate conversations. >> first murdoch. now david cameron.
?hat is the mood among mp's >> conservative mps believe the labour party are making a political capital out of this, and they are fed up. the labor party senses blood. they think the prime-sur has made in a catastrophic -- they think the prime minister has made a catastrophic misjudgment. they basically said, a plague on all your houses. do not talk about this. talk about jobs in the economy. if they can talk about it, they can jump over this and see where the british people are. the problem is the phone hacking issue is not going to go away without process, and the cocess is sethat andy oulson was arrested.
there is a possibility he could face charges. david cameron faced up to what that would mean. he said, ohio the country are profound of -- i of the country a profound apology. >> umar european leaders will gather in brussels to discuss the debt crisis, and already the president has issued a sharp warning there may be- consequences if a response is not taken. >> greece and its debts are hanging over the eurozone, a country without growth and any economy tarnished. even president obama has been piling on pressure to find a solution, so tomorrow's summit is regarded as crunch time.
>> nobody should be under any illusion. the situation is very serious. it requires a response. otherwise,-response will be felt in europe and beyond. >> president sarkozy met to talk with angela merkel. they are the big piece of the eurozone, but they have struggled to agree. they have wrestled with two challenges. greece needs new funding of well over 110 billion euros. the first rescue last year only increase in debt to 350 billion heroes. that is heading to an extraordinary 170% of gdp. the leaders are likely to agree to make greece cost debt more bearable, but angela merkel is
under pressure not to bankroll greece further. wexne>> the rating goes the wayo save countries that pencan be saved. >> increase, another violent protests. it is precisely what irritates german taxpayers, so the german chancellor has insisted the private sector contribute to a new bailout and take some new loss those and reduce greece's death. -- debt. >> the issue is whether this will be achieved now or at a later time. it seems now we will not have an ultimate decision on greek death. >> if the banks to except losses, it will unsettle
markets further. another thing is italy. if the eurozone struggles to solve the greece's problems, they may debate how italy can handle its debt, and italy is too vague to rescue. -- too vagubig to rescue. >> an attack on the catholic church for encouraging increased to not report abuse to the police. he says it shows dysfunctional as some, elitism, and narcissism. he says relations between the church and state of ireland could never be the same again. in cuba, he is called bin laden of the americas, but the former cia operatives maintains he has never been convicted of a
terrorist attack. we went to miami to meet him. >> tourism is vital to keeping a shoe box costs fragile economy on its feet, but this was an industry that was almost destroyed -- to keep big cuba's .ragile economy on its feet this hotel is just one of those hit, and this is the person who bombed it. he is serving a 30-year prison sentence. he said he was given orders by a man who the cubans call bin laden of the americans. new >> i only planted one in the end. he wanted me to disrupt the tourist system. he gave me explosives and helped me build them.
>> this is the mastermind, the cuban militant and former cia operative. he has never been prosecuted for terrorist offenses and the united states. they say he is still a threat to cuba today, but what outrages them is that he is living freely just a couple kilometers in that direction. >> he proudly displays the honors he receives common on recognition for a life spent fighting fidel castro's government. he says he is still opposed, but tonight, he is a terrorist. >> you are always going to have enemies against freedom. there are always trying to beat
people campaigning about terrorism, using my name. i have been accused of being a terrorist because of a campaign the cuban government has been doing for years. >> the bombing of his passenger plane is the most serious of his alleged crimes. he denies involvement but escaped from prison in venezuela. this is an issue that continues to poison relations with the united states. it is a clear case of double standards, they say. >> everything we are talking about, he is now being prosecuted as a terrorist. it is a demonstration that the previous administration and the current administration are fighting against terrorism. of >> most cubans were not even
born when cuban exiles began their campaign against the cuban government, but for both sides, this is a struggle that is not yet over. >> you are watching bbc world news america. still to come, he helped give the basketball a global appeal. now the chinese player is retiring. the last suspected war criminal on the run after the conflict gain yugoslavia. he ran -- he led the ethnic surge. >> a brief glimpse of the man who has been hiding for seven years. the last remaining suspects wanted by the u.n. tribunal and they paid. of the suspects indicted, it had been feared he was the one that got away, but in the early hours
of wednesday morning, he was seized. he was said to be meeting somebody who hid. announcing his arrest, the serbian president said it had been his country's moral and legal responsibilities. asking why it took so long to find him, he reminded about other cases. >> if i had to bring up other cases, for example the case about osama bin laden. that is the same situation. we have been working very hard. >> when croatia broke away from yugoslavia in 1991, he led a rebellion. he took charge of the estimate surge. the counts against him include
murder and persecution, notably the massacre of over 250 in the eastern town and the deportation of many more secure europe lacks the rest of fugitives had been a precondition for serbia to move towards your -- >> the arrrest of fugitives had been a precondition for serbia moving towards the european union. >> tens of thousands of somalis are feared dead in the world's worst famine. that was the warning from the united nations today, and it comes with a call for more international aid to stop the crisis from spreading. >> now it is official. somalia is sinking into famine. it is the first time that
compelling word has been deployed in almost 20 years. the united nations is hoping it will idle its the world into action triggered a conflict has already driven -- into action. the conflict has already driven people into camps like this one. the former irish president was here during the last famine. now she is back wondering why the world could not prevent it from happening again. >> since i was here in 1992, and when i looked around and see again, and these are very resilient people, and they want the best. they want food and water for their families. >> of substantial aid operation is already under way. supplies are arriving in neighboring kenya, but the uae is asking for 185 million pounds immediately. international response has been mixed.
britain has given 23 million accounts. the united states early have five. germany and france are among those accused of ignoring alarm bells. >> they have been dangerously inadequate. britain is setting a good lead, and we expect others to contribute. there are signs others are beginning to put things away, because we need that to happen rapidly. >> money is not the only problem. the famine has taken control in areas controlled or influenced militant islamists. now they say a ban has been lifted, but politics are complicated and aid is not getting to the right people fast enough. so the familiar images of hunger
and the predictable scramble for money and resources. >> for more on efforts to assist those suffering from drought, i am joined by the deputy assistant secretary for refugees and migration. you have just returned from the refugee camps of eastern africa. tell us what you saw. >> i have been too many refugee camps across the world. i can tell you is among the worst i have ever seen. the rate coming into the camps is very high. it is 1300 a day into kenya, but worse than that, the condition they are coming to is just horrible. in many cases there are families with five or six or seven people walking five through 12 days with no food or water.
they are truly mound are rich, and it is a tragic situation. >> the -- now truly in malnourished, and is a tragic situation. our policy has not changed, but the reason the policy has been put in place is something that needs to be considered. the problem with the assistance is the most of south central somalia is controlled by al- shabaab. there has been no assistance going into the region for the last year and a half, and al- shabaab has killed eight workers. -- killed aid workers. they have taken the food out of the mouths of people who needed it, and that is what makes things difficult. >> if you are not changing policy, how are you going to help people who are starving? >> first, we are assisting refugees that are outside of
somalia, and even as we speak, our government is critically of evaluating ways we might continue to work with other international partners to see how and where we can do assistance. we absolutely are aware we have to find ways to do assistance to somalia is where they need it if we are going to stave off starvation, but trying to find the right way to do it that is secure and sustainable is the challenge we face. >> are there circumstances under which the u.s. could deliver aid to those regions working around al-shabaab? >> i think it depends on what al-shabaab does. they have invited international groups back in. if they do that without conditions, there might be progress, but the fact is that it is not a unitary organization. what one leader might be inconsistent with what another
wants to do. we might find a way to do the work in a way that is safe for beneficiaries as well. >> thank you for a much for joining us. now to the basketball court where the roster in the u.s. often looks like a gathering of the united nations. players from sudan, spain, and germany are some of the leaders, but perhaps no one gets global appeal more than yao ming, but today the pride of china announced he is retiring. >> his diary presents on the court generated pride across china -- his presence on the court generated pride across china, but he is forced to call an end to his career. >> today i have retired, but as another joran opens, another -- as one joran closes, another
door opens. >> he was always more than just a basketball player. this is not just any old retirement. what we are seeing is china's top ambassador stepping down from the world stage. because of his height, and down main -- yao ming was singled out almost from birth, and he became the voice from shanghai who shot to the nba. for almost a decade he played for the houston rockets. he was a firm favorite with the fans but was off the court when he had the greatest presidents. >> he was the most recognized chinese face in the world when he arrived in 2002, and he has had the burden of expectations on him, but he has done it in a way that is exemplary of china's soft power. he is not a politician.
he is the first individual as an athlete to take that role, and he acted as a bridge between the east and west. >> basketball is hugely popular in china. he played a major part in its success, but fans were not surprised by the announcement. >> very sad that he had to retire because of injuries, but i will continue to watch for him. >> yao ming was a basketball player who helped china stands tall, but there was regret that he was forced to retire just as he reached his prime. >> that brings us to the end of today's program, but remember, you can always find constant updates on our web site. thank you for watching, and see you tomorrow.
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